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How to Visit Santa Virtually This Year

How to Visit Santa Virtually This Year

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Photo: Stanisic Vladimir (Shutterstock)Although the pandemic has sought to affect as many aspects of our lives as possible, we’ve also gotten pretty good at finding virtual workarounds for all the things we are missing out on—including, now, visits with Santa.The last thing we want is for Santa or his helpers to be traveling the world…
6 Christmas Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen a Million Times

6 Christmas Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen a Million Times

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The list of “Thanksgiving” movies out there is short, but if you are still looking for some turkey day-adjacent leftovers, Dutch (PG-13) will fill you up. The John Hughes-penned comedy stars Ed O’Neill (Al Bundy, Jay Pritchett) and, again, a 13-year-old Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait, That Thing You Do). It flopped upon release, but…
What Do You Tell Your Kids About Santa?

What Do You Tell Your Kids About Santa?

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Photo: OlgaPonomarenko (Shutterstock)I can remember, as a small child, thinking it odd that I bought Christmas gifts for my parents from my school’s mini holiday shop, and yet they didn’t buy me any gifts. Sure, Santa brought me plenty, it’s not like I didn’t have a slew of stuff to open, but still...shouldn’t a parent…
How the North Pole Is Operating During the Pandemic

How the North Pole Is Operating During the Pandemic

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Photo: Subbotina Anna (Shutterstock)Your kids might be concerned about Santa’s annual trip around the world this year—and rightfully so. We’ve just spent months explaining why they can’t go to school, gymnastics class, summer camp, their friend’s house, grandma’s house, or anywhere else, really. You’ve told them why you won’t be traveling to visit family for…
How to Participate in ‘Operation Santa’

How to Participate in ‘Operation Santa’

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Photo: Guschenkova (Shutterstock)This year, for the first time, the USPS’s Operation Santa program is both virtual and nationwide. That means more kids can write in asking for clothing, shoes and toys, and more “adopters” can make those Christmas wishes come true.The United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa is more than 100 years old, but until…
Working The Christmas Shift, 2 Young Doctors Learn What It Means To Be A Healer

Working The Christmas Shift, 2 Young Doctors Learn What It Means...

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Katherine Streeter for NPR Katherine Streeter for NPR In what has become a holiday tradition for Shots, we're republishing a piece by Dr. John Henning Schumann that first ran in 2013. He reminisced then about a difficult assignment during his medical residency that helped him understand what it means to be a good doctor. December…
How to Say Goodbye to Your Elf on the Shelf—Forever

How to Say Goodbye to Your Elf on the Shelf—Forever

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Photo: ShutterstockThat first year, you think it’s such a great idea. You’ll have so much fun hiding this little stuffed animal (little stuffed human? stuffed creature?) around the house. The kids will get so much glee out of discovering what new mischief their elf has gotten into overnight.But after two or three weeks of Elf…
Here’s what Christmas looks like under a microscope

Here’s what Christmas looks like under a microscope

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The world's tiniest gingerbread house has been created at McMaster University.  Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy/McMaster University If you run out of frosting and ginger during this season's cooking session, you can always use a focused ion beam microscope to etch out your gingerbread house with a sandblaster-like beam of charged gallium ions. That's what…
Don’t Buy Your Toddlers Holiday Gifts

Don’t Buy Your Toddlers Holiday Gifts

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When you have little kids, it can be tempting to go all-out for the holidays, stuffing as many gifts as you can under the tree, under the guise of creating family memories (that they’re unlikely to remember). But money is also finite; in fact, you may still be trying to pull yourself out of credit…
Start a ‘Giving Countdown’ to Christmas

Start a ‘Giving Countdown’ to Christmas

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In preparation for today, Giving Tuesday, I recently started a fundraiser on social media for one of my favorite non-profit organizations. A friend who donated mentioned that they were including the gift as part of her family’s “Gift-Giving Countdown to Christmas.” They’d created an advent calendar of joy and generosity.Giving Tuesday can feel like a…

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